Final project — the starry night

The starry night

The Starry Night

Artist statement

This project is an extension of the proto-project “the starry night”that I did before. This project borrows ideas from musique concrete. However, the sound is inspired by the painting “starry night”. In my project, I also thought of using image as inspiration. I searched for sounds that appeared in the painting, such as sound from household, sound of natural field and sound of star. I also found a song that is named “the starry night”. Apart from that, I also recorded different pronunciations of star in different language.

Process

I started from distorting the cutting up the song “the atarry night”, later adding other different sound effects

Here is a documentation of the source material I found.

sound source

Here is a documentation of the Reaper file of this project:

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Here is a link to the sample sound I made.

starry night

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The starry night

Sound Art 202-02

The Starry Night

Artist statement

This project aims at exploring principles of musique concrete, treating music as an object and focusing on the features of sound. In my project, I also thought of using image as inspiration. I chose the painting “the starry night” and made that the theme of the music piece. I searched for sounds that appeared in the painting, such as sound from household, sound of natural field and sound of star. I also found a song that is named “the starry night”. Apart from that, I also recorded different pronunciations of star in different language.

Prototype

After gathering source material for the project, I imported those materials into reaper, cutting a larger sound piece into smaller pieces, adjusting volume of the sounds and applying different effects on the sound.

Here is a documentation of the source material I found.

sound source

sound source

Here is a link to the sample sound I made.

starry night

starry night

Next step on the project

I would play more with potential rhythm and beat this piece more. I would also focus more on making interesting distortions of sound. I has an idea of making the noise sound really low and compose them in a way that they sound like drum beats.

sound/environment: Do you know the sound you make?

Audible temperature

Artist statement

This project originated under the theme of sound/environment. It aims at amplifying the sound we make every day, the sound that we usually overlook. It war inspired by the readings about the numerous sound sources we encounter and sound pollution everyday. In order to concentrate on certain sounds we wanted to hear, we intentionally overlook a lot of other sounds. This project invites you to pay attention to the sound you make everyday.

Prototype

For this project, originally I thought of capturing the sound we make and amplifying the sound back into space. I thought of using contact microphones to achieve this. However, when experimenting with the contact microphones, I found that they seemed to capture sound of the actual contact or friction not the sound we actually hear.

Therefore, instead of amplification, I thought of taking the project into a quieter space. I used the practice room in the basement of baukbaum and changed the texture of the floor by laying out different materials I can found. When walking on the floor, they would make different sounds.

materials I can find

arranging them...

sound of stepping on rice

rice on napkin

final arrangement

Instead of the using the fluorescent light on the ceiling, I put a small lamp behind the piano in the practice room. This dim light takes out the emphasis on sight but allows the participant to focus more on the aural and tactile sensations of the environment.

If continue to work on it…

If I can continue to work on this, I would like to find some kind of other microphone that could capture the actual sound that we make. Also, it would be nice if I can have enough materials to actually cover the whole floor. I would also like to make the space more interesting to look at as well.

Audible temperature

Sound Art 202-02

Audible temperature

Artist statement

This project aims at listening to the body. One important aspect of the body is the temperature. The temperature of the human body will be recorded and translated into Hz. Each number of Hz will be matched up with a specific time. Combining Hz and time together, we can create waveforms and sounds.

It originated in the research process. I read some article about biofeedback. One of the sensor modalities used in biofeedback is feedback thermometer that detects skin temperature with a thermistor. I have also looked at a video about sound wave. It talked about sound wave as functions. The y-axis would represent the amplitude and the x-axis would represent time. This made me think of combining those two together and making temperature audible and creating interesting sound patterns by using the fluctuation of body temperature throughout the day.

Prototype

I have tried to use a temperature sensor to record my temperature throughout the day. But it is kind of hard to get up every hour in the night and take my temperature. However, I still managed to find data of the temperatures recorded throughout the day. The following charts are the temperature I work with to create sound later on…

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Directly using the number of temperature as Hz would result in sound that does not too much variable and hard to listen. Therefore, I used the following method of translating the numbers: (Temperature – 35) * 100. For one group of the data, I used this: Temperature*100. Each hour on the data would indicate 0.1s in the sound file. For one group of the data, I used 0.5s to indicate one hour.

If you want to listen different temperatures of the day, I have made some files…

Below are the links to the sound:

Next step on the project

I would really like to see if it is possible to build some program that would directly translate temperature into sound waves. Also exploring different possibilities of manipulating the measurement of temperature and see what different effect would that make.